What To Expect With An IUD

An IUD is an intrauterine device that is implanted in the uterus to help prevent an unplanned pregnancy. The IUD stays in for up to 6 years, depending on what type of IUD you use. This is a safe device that is implanted at the OBGYN's office. It is highly effective in preventing an unplanned pregnancy and is a great alternative to birth control pills or other types of birth control. If you are considering getting an IUD, you should know what you should expect. Read on for helpful information.

1. How Long Does The Procedure Take?

The procedure is done in-office and usually takes less than 15 minutes. It is a procedure that is usually done without a local anesthetic, but one can be given if need be. The procedure takes about the same amount of time as your usual gynecologic appointment. 

2. What Does The Procedure Entail?

After it has been determined that this is the right type of birth control for you, and your gynecologist has made sure you aren't already pregnant, the procedure itself is just the insertion of the IUD in the uterus. It is implanted so that it blocks your egg from being fertilized by sperm, and hence prevents pregnancy. It is nearly 99% effective in preventing an unplanned pregnancy. You should go over other details of the benefits of an IUD with your gynecologist, as well as what you can expect with the IUD, including how to take care of it and check that it is still in proper placement.

3. What Are The Side Effects?

After having the IUD implanted in the uterus, you may experience cramping or even nausea, which is normal. You may also experience some bleeding for a few weeks after the insertion. Throughout the lifetime of the IUD, you could experience an issue with the IUD moving out of place. Talk to your gynecologist about how to check on it. You could also experience more than normal cramping during your menstrual cycle, and could also have irregular cycles.

If you are considering an IUD as a form of birth control, you should talk to your OBGYN about this being an option for you. You should note that this is a birth control option, and will not protect you against STD's. Make an appointment with your OBGYN today to discuss getting an IUD, as well as further information about this device. 

For more information, reach out to an OB GYN doctor.

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